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Shai Hulud

Shai Hulud: Misanthropy PureMisanthropy Pure (2008)
Metal Blade Records

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It's pretty sad when one has to resort to the old guard of hardcore bands to find something new and refreshing. In Shai Hulud's defense, however, these guys were innovators well before the band members of most of these newer bands had even felt a girl up, let alone had the fashion sense to decide th.
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It's pretty sad when one has to resort to the old guard of hardcore bands to find something new and refreshing. In Shai Hulud's defense, however, these guys were innovators well before the band members of most of these newer bands had even felt a girl up, let alone had the fashion sense to decide that wearing girls' clothing could potentially increase album sales tenfold. While the amount of lineup changes Shai Hulud has endured throughout their existence as a band has been downright laughable, Matt Fox and his merry band of hired guns have always delivered for their fans, and it should go without saying that their new album Misanthropy Pure has more than continued in that tradition. There is an episode of "The Simpsons" where Mrs. Krabapple tells Martin Prince that he has "once again wrecked the grading curve" and with that notion in mind there is no doubt that Misanthropy Pure has wrecked whatever the existing hardcore music equivalent to that curve is.

All of the old-heads who probably assumed this band peaked with That Within Blood Ill-Tempered are going to be in for quite a surprise, because Misanthropy Pure is by far Shai Hulud's most evolved album to date. It could be the fact that I'm a product of the current musical era we are now engaged in, but I really believe that the production job on this record helped Shai Hulud reach this new peak in excellence. Misanthropy Pure is the first Shai Hulud album that doesn't sound like it was recorded in a meth lab by Steve Albini. Normally I am skeptical about hardcore bands producing their own material, but the Matt Fox, Eric Rachel (A Life Once Lost, Every Time I Die) one-two punch that polished this album in the studio finally manages to bring out the heaviness that was largely absent on previous Shai Hulud recordings.

I'm not a schmuck, and I do realize that without good songwriting, this album could have blown out the speakers in my car without amounting to a hill of beans. Shai Hulud have never followed a specific blueprint for their songwriting, and like much of their older material, Misanthropy Pure is all over the place as well. There are virtually no songs that follow a typical verse/chorus/verse song structure, which could throw some listeners off, but what makes this album so great is how every intricate melody, crushing guitar riff and tempo change seamlessly fit together. "We Who Finish Last" goes from utilizing the "forbidden" punk rock beat to a pummeling double-bass drum part, to a breakdown that could make Throwdown hang up their spurs and retire -- all in the span of about a minute, without even breaking a sweat. Nothing on Misanthropy Pure seems thrown together or out of place. Even when the band "experiments" with "conventional" Shai Hulud song structures like in the title track "Misanthropy Pure," which features probably the closest thing to a chorus on the record, the ensuing chaos doesn't sound tired, or trite.

Misanthropy Pure is probably the closest thing we will see to a hardcore orchestra. Every moment of this disc sounds absolutely huge, like fifty separate people are playing each individual part of the song. Misanthropy Pure also includes a refurbished recording of their seminal tune "Set Your Body Ablaze," which needless to say sounds meaner than ever. When highfalutin zine writers churn out those "top ten greatest heavy band lists" rarely do I ever see Shai Hulud's name mentioned among the greats. These guys have truly been pioneers, making innovative heavy music for close to a decade, and once Misanthropy Pure makes its rounds, I have a feeling that they'll finally get the recognition they deserve.

 

 
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thus_spoke_sean (June 27, 2008)

its accentuate isnt it? whatever im sure i spelled tons of other stuff wrong there too

thus_spoke_sean (June 27, 2008)

I humbly think your both still pricks who have no internal monitor.

jeeeeeez. I never said anything about you bub.

I know my gender reversal doesnt work in terms of a hardcore band fronted by a woman. I didnt take the initial comment to be about a hardcore frontman running around feeling up grils at shows. I took like this:

two people (don't even have to be of opposite sex!) are sitting around consentually making out and feeling one another up. thats it.

in regard to your personal comment, I have a very deep respect for people's personal and sexual boundries. That's great that you think i'm a prick, this does nothing but excentuate my point. You are taking all of this way too seriously.

If you really want to get into the nitty gritty i spent three years with in a relationship with a girl who was raped. I know all about internal moniters. I also, however, have a sense of humor.

alexwank (June 27, 2008)

i dont think that too many 'old heads' think shai hulud peaked with 'that within blood.....'
'hearts once nourished.... ' is the venerated album.

second the notion below that reviewing this record and neglecting to mention the lyrics is a glaring omission

finally, the new version of 'set your body ablaze' is far inferior to the original

wyzo (June 27, 2008)

With respect to your tight, logical and culturally anecdotal arguments, I humbly think your both still pricks who have no internal monitor.

The constant claim to lighten up just doesn't hold as much weight as it did when I was young and impressionable. I know the legacy of the interwebs is that you never have to say your sorry, but I wasn't the only person who noticed it.

The idea that someone would have made the same comment but with the gender reversed, that girls had felt up a guy, for a female fronted hardcore band, is laughable.

Imagine saying that comment genders reversed or not about Hiretsukan, because any band singing about equality fronted by a woman, you say that, it wouldn't make any damn sense, it would stick out like a sore thumb. Not as being offensive, it simply wouldn't make sense. How would you ever say the opposite thing in a way that didn't clearly sound ridiculous, particularly in the hardcore genre?

And it isn't that people feel other people up, we all love stifler's filmography, yay breasts, but that its significant in terms of value that someone hadn't, has not, or did not do it as much as another person. That is what was asserted in the review, that is the problem, not puppy dog third base/short stop love.

And to somehow put that in a record review is irrelevant, pointless, and would make a great review if I was pissed, it was 3 AM, I wasn't paying attention to what was being said, and I was trying to drive the reviewer home. Then, it would be endearing.

thus_spoke_sean (June 27, 2008)

Dear Wyzo,

Thank you for taking my joke about taking things way too seriously, way too seriously.

In my experience, feeling others up is what one does, as much as possible, in the teenage years. That sentence could have read girls feeling up boys (yes that does happen). The reviewer was just making the distinction that Shai Hulud are not to a young band, and shouldnt be lumped in with young hardcore bands.

Jesus Christ people (oh my god, i probably just offended someone! oh no!) get overselves.

epoch (June 27, 2008)

This is a solid release.

The production is great, as the review stated, and I'd say that some of the guitar work is their best to-date. Re-recording Set Your Body Ablaze is an interesting choice, particularly because of the short length of this record. So it only counts as ten original tracks, which is typically enough for a punk/hardcore act, but it's all over too soon for me.

I guess I can never get enough Hulud.

What I like best about this album is that it's a much faster paced album than previous efforts. It adds a bit of that frenetic, more straight-forward approach that their side project, Zombie Apocalypse had, and I'm so thankful for that.

Now do another ZA release, Matts.

barryscatton (June 26, 2008)

This is directed at Wyzo.

Since people's sarcasm radars tend to become "jammed" while reading reviews on the internet I will hold your hand and guide you through what I meant.

With my comments about womens clothes, I was merely poking fun at the whole "hardcore kids wearing girls pants and makeup" trend that I find to be pretty silly. Since Shai Hulud is such an old band I wanted to make it clear to individuals who might not be familiar with their music that they aren't a new band, and that they aren't mixed up in current trends for the sake of cashing in, like a lot of new younger bands currently playing heavy music. I wanted to make it clear that Shai Hulud were playing this style of music when a lot of these newer bands who rip them off were stil prepubescent little trolls.

Thats really all I meant. I have no qualms with individuals who decide to choose an alternate lifestyle if it suits their fancy. I would never refer to a person wearing womans clothes as a "fag" to cite the example you used. We are talking about two completely different things here.

I was merely, like i said, poking fun at the new crop of kids who think they are rockstars doing this thing, putting fashion and image over being a band kids might be able to look up to.

I apologize for not being a sterile, politically correct robot.

wyzo (June 26, 2008)

"I'm fairly offended that the reviewer writes that a guy's maturity level depends on what he's done with a girl.

this a joke about taking inconsequential things way too seriously right?"

Actually, I was going to comment on this reviews first couple sentences and was surprised to find a few people already have. I think that indicates it might be more than a few oversensitive people.

Sorry, but this has never happened before, I got the distinct feeling reading the first few lines that if I was a girl reading it I'd feel like shit and completely excluded. I'm something that gets felt up like a finish line to be crossed, posi!

And is the problem with people wearing women's clothing that they are wearing it or that it isn't a big deal anymore? I mean I remember the guy from Furious George in the early 90s wearing women's jeans and being called a faggot. Is it bad if that doesn't happen as much? Granted, no one's music is getting better and the motivations for the fashion choice is probably shallow, but you can talk about hardcore music without being macho.

I swear. Doesn't help that such a stance would fit the stereotype for a fan of this music, so good going.

jamespastepunk (June 26, 2008)

Listened to this and wasn't impressed. Followed it up by listening to Paint It Black - New Lexicon and realized why.

Funny, I thought New Lexicon was the definition of over-hyped, and I love Paint It Black. I guess that's what happens when you have to follow Paradise...

moneenerd (June 26, 2008)

meh. doesnt impress me as a Shai Hulud fan. and the re-recording of ABLAZE is horrid. sounds like Evergreen Terrace doing another cover album.

RondoMondo (June 26, 2008)

I put it behind Paint It Black for my album of the year.

Nebraska (June 26, 2008)

nowadays, 95% of hardcore/metalcore is fucking complete and utter garbage. thank god for shai hulud, more lineup changes and their still better then every other band in the genre.

SydBarrett420 (June 26, 2008)

Listened to this and wasn't impressed. Followed it up by listening to Paint It Black - New Lexicon and realized why.

sceneupdates (June 25, 2008)

No mention of the lyrics at all? That's possibly the most important part about this band...

OverDefined (June 25, 2008)

"It’s pretty sad when one has to resort to the old guard of hardcore bands to find something new and refreshing."

Come on, are you serious?

Even though I think this review is a little down on new hardcore, it made me rethink whether I should pick up this album.

hellhavenofury (June 25, 2008)

international super heroes of hardcore rejects!

But for real, this record is one hell of a whopper

squiffdished (June 24, 2008)

classy review

thus_spoke_sean (June 24, 2008)

I'm fairly offended that the reviewer writes that a guy's maturity level depends on what he's done with a girl.

this a joke about taking inconsequential things way too seriously right?

thus_spoke_sean (June 24, 2008)

this album rules.

fox82 (June 24, 2008)

The reviewer could have done without the first couple sentences.

As far as this record goes, I found it to be pretty average. Some songs were pretty sweet, but then others gave me the aural equivalent of deja-vu. Not bad, but this is not really groundbreaking or innovative by any means in 2008. Ten years ago, totally, but I think they're running out of steam with this one.

eran_zombis (June 24, 2008)

I'm fairly offended that the reviewer writes that a guy's maturity level depends on what he's done with a girl. That's just wrong on so many levels.

cheesetits (June 24, 2008)

This is actually a pretty rad album, one of the best metal albums so far this year.

mean_and_Average (June 24, 2008)

barry scatton, back on the org! where's that astpai review?!

DrGunn (June 24, 2008)

so who is their new singer?

SloaneDaley (June 24, 2008)

I hope I like this, I'm not sure I own a Metalblade release this may be the first.

mystereohasmono (June 24, 2008)

This will end up on many year-end Top 10 lists. Which lists? Well, let's decide now.You go first.

thirtyseconds (June 24, 2008)

Clobber me interested

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